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​Official opening of $17m Wagga Court reno​vation

Issued: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
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NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman and Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire today officially unveiled the $17 million renovation of Wagga Wagga Courthouse, marking a major step forward for justice in the Riverina.

“The project combines the grandeur of the old building with the latest architecture to provide a facility to serve the community for decades to come,” said Mr Speakman. “The heritage areas have been restored to their original glory and feature state of the art technology.

“High Definition Audio Visual Links will enable witnesses to give evidence from interstate or overseas. Inmates will appear remotely from prisons,” said Mr Speakman.

“The courthouse now boasts two trial courts, two local courts, and a large multipurpose room for tribunal hearings or jury assembly. Security has been upgraded, with the installation of CCTV cameras, electronic access control and an airport-style x-ray machine and walk through metal detector. The registry has been relocated from the Old Post Office into the new building.”

Other features include two jury deliberation rooms; six interview rooms; and improved access for people with a disability.

With the addition of the new two-storey building, the courthouse complex has more than doubled in size from 1,535 to 3,655 square metres.

Mr Maguire said, “the larger facility is truly impressive, but I’m most pleased by the building’s human dimensions. Victims of domestic violence and their children will be able to minimise contact with perpetrators in a new ‘safe room’. Vulnerable witnesses can now give evidence via video from a new private room. These features will help ease some of the stress of appearing in court.”

Mr Maguire said the project provided a significant boost to the local economy. “Over the past two years, this development has employed around 90 Riverina people and the end result showcases the impressive skills of our local tradespeople.”​